CENTER FOR ENTREPRENEURIAL LEADERSHIP, BITS PILANI
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About Conquest – The Business Challenge
Started in 2004 as an intra-BITS business challenge, it has now grown into an international business challenge drawing entries from Asia, Europe ,USA and Africa
Extensive mentoring and networking with BITS Alumni and VCs
Impressive track record - 3 out of 4 past winners have started up
Occupies a prominent place in the Business Plan Competition directory by www.smallbusinessnotes.com , a comprehensive guide for web users searching for Business Plan Competitions around the world.
Conquest 2008 will be a more than just a world-class Business Plan Competition. It will feature a showcase of the latest technological innovation happening at BITS Pilani, as well as a celebration of Rural and Social Entrepreneurs in and around our campus.
FROM ALCOVE TO ACME
The BITSian team ‘ Mobile Medics ’ which won Conquest 2005, went on to win a series of global B-Plan contests like the Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC), Asia Moot Challenge, Lorne A Weil Outrageous B-Plan Competition (Columbia B-School). The team is currently incubated at the Technology Business Incubator (TBI) at BITS, and is setting up a pilot service in the villages near Pilani.
Runners-up, Conquest 2005 -- ‘ Habits.in ’ started-up immediately and is today a popular ‘edutainment’ web forum ( www.habits.in ). Sasi Kanth, the CEO of the venture was one of the 20 nominees for the ‘Best Asian Entrepreneur under 25’ poll conducted by BusinessWeek .
iViz Technologies ( www.ivizindia.com ), a network security solution provider, clinched the winner’s cup at Conquest 2006, and over a year have setup offices in both India and the US. They boast of more than 20 clients including Berger Paints, Career Launcher.
Key Achievements (Contd)
Conquest 2007: Received 168 entries from 5 continents, including 72 Indian Universities and 25 Indian companies
BITS-Pilani’s first student-led International event
India’s ONLY business plan event to offer comprehensive mentoring, including Legal Support
Advisors and Mentors
Ashmeet Sidana -Venture Capitalist, Foundation Capital, USA
Manish Vij – Founder Quasar Media
Vikaas Gutgutia – Founder and CEO ‘Ferns n Petals’
Amit Ranjan – Founder SlideShare
Kunwer Sachdev – Founder and CEO , Su-Kam
AlokGupta – Country Head, Life Sciences and Technology, YesBank
Anilesh - Executive Director,WadhwaniFoundation
Anupendra Sharma - Director, M & A Siemens
Prasenjit Chaudhuri - Consulting Partner, ZeroDelta, USA
SamirWagle - Associate Director, IL & FS Investment Managers
TESTIMONIALS AND MORE
“ I see plans from all over the world everyday and I must say that the quality of participation was very impressive. The teams were very much stronger and well prepared to plunge into the business world than what we normally expect from teams at early stages… ”
VC Partner at Foundation Capital, USA
“ It was heartening to see that Conquest has grown from an in-house event to an international event in such a short span of time”
-L K Maheshwari
Vice Chancellor, BITS
Organizations Proud to have been Associated with previous editions of Conquest
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